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IET 150: My Sustainable Community Competition

Encourage young people to think about how a whole community could tackle the problems we are facing, like climate change and resources running out.

IET 150: My Sustainable Community Competition

My Sustainable Community Competition celebrates 150 years of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology)!

The competition will help encourage young people to consider their community response to the sustainability and climate change agenda and to consider a career in STEM by giving students a positive experience using their STEM knowledge, skills, and experience to meet the challenge brief.

The challenge

You are required to design and build a sustainable community, similar to the community you live. Imagine an open piece of land with nothing on it, a blank canvas, this is where you begin!

Your community needs 150 homes to accommodate the residents, the rest is up to you.

You need your community to be sustainable, that means considering the environment and everything that lives in it. From providing shelter and water, to heating, food sources and your economy, the challenge is yours. Where will the community buy goods? Where will they work? Where will they go for education or if they feel unwell? And finally, how will they get there?

These choices and so many more will be yours to make as you design and create your own sustainable community!

Young people can enter the competition as an individual or a group. Find more information about entry formats (posters/portfolios) on the EEWS website.


The closing date for entries is Friday 28 January 2022. This is a UK-wide competition. 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

Subjects and topics

    • Art and Design
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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